Signs Your Garage Door Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced

Posted on: 24 February 2017


When you have an automatic garage door for your home, there are a number of problems you might encounter that signal your garage door isn't working properly. While having to push the on and off button a few times to get your garage door open all the way isn't a big deal at first, this can lead to a complete failure of your garage door if you don't get the problem fixed. A small bend in the wheel track, a missing bracket, or a bit of debris in the track is all it takes for your garage door to have problems opening and closing. If you try to open your garage door and you frequently have issues, it's time to have your garage door inspected by a professional.

Your Garage Door Doesn't Stay Open all the Way

When your garage door is open, it should stay all the way open without a problem. If the garage door shuts part way, there is a problem with the springs holding your door open. While shutting a few inches isn't a huge problem, this indicates that the springs are struggling to hold your garage door in the open position. A complete failure of the springs can result in the garage door slamming shut unexpectedly. The door could potentially land on you or your car as you are driving into the garage.

Nothing Happens When You Press the Power Button

If nothing happens when you press the power button, your first step is to make sure the garage door has power supplied to it. Try pressing the manual switch on the motor of the opener to see if that works. If your garage door opener has power but it won't open, there is probably something wrong with the motor. 

When There Are Problems with the Track

Your garage door opens and closes on two symmetrical tracks on either side of the garage door itself. Any problems with the symmetry of the tracks may result in your garage door struggling to open and close. Even a tiny stick caught in one of the tracks can stop your door from opening. If your unit runs but the door won't open or close all of the way, check the tracks for any obstructions.

If you can't figure out what is going on with your garage door, it's important to call a professional to assess the situation for you.